U.N. Day Recognizes Violence Against Women


I think it’s better to be a man because a woman always hears inappropriate comments from men. It happened to me at school. Teachers won’t give out your grades if you don’t sleep with them. When my friends apply for a job, if the employers are men, when they don’t give in to their advances […]

Steubenville Redux: Victim Blaming in a Florida Football Town


“She’s just ruining Jameis’ good character.” That’s what I overhear a young mother, decked out in a garnet top and dream-catcher earrings, telling her teenage daughter at a Mexican restaurant here in Tallahassee. Her daughter, also clad in Florida State colors, nods in eager agreement. I cringe, glad that my toddler is too young to […]

Alcohol is a WEAPON of Rapists, Not Evidence for Victim Blaming

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Trigger Alert: Discussion of rape and victim blaming … On October 15, Slate writer Emily Yoffe wrote a piece entitled, “The Best Rape Prevention: Tell College Women to Stop Getting Drunk.” A crowd of critics harpooned Yoffe for her victim-blaming approach (Jezebel, Feministing, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Salon and even Slate’s own Amanda Hess). On October 18, Yoffe responded to the backlash by digging in […]

When Street Harassment Is More Deadly Than Catcalls


Recently in Florida, a 14-year-old girl was walking down the street when a man in an SUV pulled up beside her and offered her $200 to have sex with him. When the girl refused, he pulled her by her hair into his vehicle and choked her until she lost consciousness. Then he dropped her on […]

Rape: It’s Your Fault!

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TRIGGER WARNING: Depictions of sexual assault and violence against women The darkly satirical video, “Ladies, It’s Your Fault”, was released by Indian comedy collective All India Backchod (backtalk) over the weekend and has since gone viral. Starring well-known Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin and video jockey/model Juhi Pande, the English-language video has reached over a million views […]

What Rapists Say Echoes the Lyrics of “Blurred Lines”


TRIGGER WARNING: Graphic descriptions of sexual assault. Robin Thicke’s summer hit “Blurred Lines” addresses what he considers to be sounds like a grey area between consensual sex and assault. The images in this post place the song into a real-life context. They are from Project Unbreakable, an online photo essay exhibit, and feature women and men […]

Bipartisan Effort to Protect Women Impregnated By Rape


If a bill currently in the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law, women who conceive as a result of rape will not have to worry about their rapists trying to seek child custody. Last week, Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.) and Tom Marino (R-Penn.) introduced the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, which encourages states to […]

Get to Know “Know Your IX”


After months of discussion of sexual assault in higher education and after the Department of Education has begun investigating several schools for how they handle sexual assault, a group of student activists and assault survivors have launched a “Know Your IX” campaign. It’s designed to help students learn their rights under Title IX and other […]

Peace Bound: Two Students’ Quest for Non-Violence


Although women make up the majority of victims of domestic violence, it’s everyone’s problem. Domestic violence occurs across all races, genders and socioeconomic levels, and within all communities. And yet there is a shocking amount of silence surrounding the issue.  Not only is domestic violence celebrated in popular culture, but often it’s the victims are […]

No Orgasm, No Rape?!? USC Faces Federal Investigation


Hello. I was raped. I was manipulated. But I am still here. You are not alone. These are the opening lines of Tucker Reed’s blog. A student at the University of Southern California, Reed and the Student Coalition Against Rape (SCAR) that she founded are the lead complainants behind the latest federal investigation of USC’s failures […]